Roman Forums, Palatine Hill, July 2015

Rome: Three Day Itinerary

With two teenage boys in tow, one European city is a guaranteed winner – Rome. Although, I will admit, it has taken four trips to Rome for me to learn to love the Eternal City, so positioning this trip at the end of our journey goes against my basic advice: hit Rome first, while you still have enough energy for this buzzing, complicated, frenetic, city. But, logistics of our trip being what they are, we’ll be hitting Rome as our penultimate stop. That in mind, I booked a relaxing hotel with a gorgeous pool outside the city center to ensure we could escape from Rome if we start feeling overwhelmed by the crowds or the heat.

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Basic French Toolkit

Conjugating Verbs:

être – AM

I Am

je        suis
tu        es
il; elle   est
ns        sommes
vs        êtes
ils; elles sont

I Will Be

j’ai été
tu as été
il; elle   a été
nous avons été
vous avez été
ils; elles ont été

I Was

j’étais
I was, I used to be
tu étais
il/elle était
nous étions
vous étiez
ils/elles étaient

Avoir – Have

I Am Having

j’ai
tu as
il/elle a
nous avons
vous avez
ils/elles ont

I Will Have

j’aurai
I will have
tu auras
il/elle aura
nous aurons
vous aurez
ils/elles auront

I Had

j’avais
I had, I used to have
tu avais
il/elle avait
nous avions
vous aviez
ils/elles avaient

Aller – Go

I Go

je vais
tu vas
il/elle va
nous allons
vous allez
ils/elles vont

I Will Go

j’irai
I will go
tu iras
il/elle ira
nous irons
vous irez
ils/elles iront

I Went

j’allais
tu allais
il/elle allait
nous allions
vous alliez
ils/elles allaient

 

Dining in Venice: Bacari


Ca’ d’Oro/Alla Vedova. Calle del Pistor, Cannaregio 3912. One of the most famous bàcari in Venice, this one’s both away from the city’s crowds and on the cheap (€1) end of things, ideal if you’re on a budget. Don’t miss the polpette,meatballs made of pork.

La Cantina. Calle San Felice, 3689. A stone’s throw from Alla Vedova, La Cantina features inventive dishes, using fresh ingredients like beef tongue or fresh ricotta. A local favorite.

This isn’t just a popular area for tourists… it has some othe best bàcari in town!

All’Arco. Calle Arco, San Polo 436. Another one of Venice’s most-loved spots, All’Arco, near the Ponte Rialto, is packed at lunchtime with shoppers from the local fish market. Everything from calamari to liver to shrimp is on offer, and if it’s available, don’t miss the hot sandwich of boiled beef sausage and mustard.

Do Mori. Sestiere San Polo 429, Calle dei Do Mori. Myth has it that Casanova frequented this bàcaro, also near the Rialto Bridge. Even if he didn’t, it’s still thought to be the oldest in Venice, dating back to 1462. Ask for the “francobollo”(postage stamp)—a tiny sandwich with various fillings, it’s the house specialty.

Cicchetti at one of the bacari in Venice

Do Spad

Do Spade. Calle delle Do Spade, 19 S. Polo 860. Another bàcaro dating back to the 15th century, Do Spade has lots of seafood on offer, as well as a variety of vegetable and cheese Cantinone–già Schiavi. Ponte San Trovaso, Dorsoduro 992. This family-runbàcaro, located across from a gondola workshop,oasts raw fismeats, more than 30 wines available by the glass, and much more. Crowded with Venetians in the evening!


Do Spade. Calle delle Do Spade, 19 S. Polo 860. Another bàcaro dating back to the 15th century, Do Spade has lots of seafood on offer, as well as a variety of vegetable and cheese spreads.

Cantinone–già Schiavi. Ponte San Trovaso, Dorsoduro 992. This family-runbàcaro, located across from a gondola workshop, boasts raw fish, meats, more than 30 wines available by the glass, and much more. Crowded with Venetians in the evening!

Al Ponte. Calle Larga Giacinto Gallina. One of the cheapest bàcari—and, therefore, places to eat—in all of Venice, Al Ponte has pasta and fish plates and a welcoming atmosphere.

Banco Giro. Campo San Giacometto, San Polo 122. A Grand Canal view, a variety of cheeses, fish, and wine, and a lively atmosphere. What’s not to like?


— Courtesy, Walks of Italy